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Core Agenda & Exhibition: 8-10 Nov
Partner Programmes & Digital Content: 7 - 11 NovCTICC, Cape Town

Bill Lenihan
CEO at ZOLA Electric


Bill Lenihan joined ZOLA Electric in March 2015 and currently serves as CEO where he oversees product, operations, finance, expansion and corporate development. Under Bill’s leadership, ZOLA has expanded from 1 to 7 countries, 200 to over 1000 employees and now provides energy access to over 1 million people. Bill brings a strong background to ZOLA, with experience at companies including Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company and Calera Capital.

As Managing Director at Calera Capital, a private equity firm managing $2 billion of capital, Bill led the firm's investment efforts in the consumer and industrial sectors. His experience includes efforts around geographic expansion, channel development, new product introductions, efficiency improvements, acquisitions, and financial planning. Prior to joining Calera Capital, Bill was with Goldman Sachs & Co. where he managed and pursued investment opportunities within the Principal Investment Area.

He began his career with Bain & Company, Inc. and CS First Boston. Just prior to joining ZOLA, Bill served as Executive Vice President, International for Switch Lighting where he launched Switch’s Japan business and initiated early-stage development of Europe. He received a B.A. cum laude in Business and Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Strategic Management and Finance.

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